What I Ate Wednesday is a series of spotlights on diverse eating styles and recipes, meant to showcase different diets and explore the wide variety of foods we choose to eat! Gemma is our financial controller.
These days, I’m eating for two. I have a second baby boy due May 12th, 2018. The first time I was pregnant, as is the case for many moms-to-be, I was quite careful with my diet. I was cautious not to eat an excess of sugar, limiting my sugars to natural ones mainly from fruit. (If only I knew about ENLIGHTENED back then!) This time around, I have not managed to keep that strict of an attitude with my food.
Although I am more lenient with my diet than during my first pregnancy, I am always on the lookout for healthy lunchtime options. This can be tricky because I am at the mercy of the local delis and cafés around me. Although it’s sometimes tricky to find exactly what I’m craving, I think food just tastes better when someone else makes it!
I always try to satisfy my pregnancy cravings but also mix in healthy options. Here is a typical day of eating for me while pregnant!
I often start my day with either a ham and cheese English muffin or a slice of reduced fat cinnamon cake. (I’ll blame this on pregnancy cravings…)
Another pregnancy craving I’ve noticed is pasta. Like every day. Luckily there are a couple of good restaurants around the office that offer some hearty pasta dishes for lunch. My current favorite dish is pesto linguine.
I always enjoy an afternoon snack of Sea Salt Broad Bean Crisps, to keep me full and ward off any other pregnancy cravings, and of course a pot of tea. Some pregnant mothers will cut out caffeine from their diet, but my doctor advised that doing so can cause more harm than good. Rather than completely eliminate caffeine from my diet, I try to keep my habit down to two cups a day.
My dinners vary every day but I always tend to cook with lots of vegetables. Perhaps it’s a very English thing to do, but we tend to have meat, potatoes and a selection of vegetables for most meals.
In an effort to eat healthy and eat desserts, other than ENLIGHTENED Ice Cream, I took to the internet looking for a recipe that had minimal sugar with a twist and found Avocado and Coconut Cheesecake. I though it was a great success, but when I gave a slice to my husband he was horrified and recommended that I don’t buy it again. Honestly, it was kind of a compliment that he thought it was professionally made! I thought it was delicious, and when I told him I made it, he decided it wasn’t half bad 🙂
And that’s what I ate this Wednesday! Luckily my pregnancy cravings haven’t been too strong (yet), so I’m curious to see how the last few months go. 🙂